[an error occurred while processing this directive] ZEPHYR Magazine
                              T H E
                           Z E P H Y R
                  __     M A G A Z I N E
                 Issue #39                4-10-87
            A weekly electronic magazine for users of 
                        THE ZEPHYR II BBS 
                    (Mesa, AZ - 602-894-6526)
                owned and operated by T. H. Smith
                    Editor - Gene B. Williams 
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 . You may share this magazine with your friends under the   .
 . condition that the magazine remain complete and intact,   .
 . with no editing, revisions or modifications of any kind,  . 
 . and including this opening section and statement.         .
 . If you like the magazine, our Sysop and I would appreciate.
 . it if you would let your friends know where they can log  .
 . in to find the magazine (and incidentally one of the      .
 . finest BBSs in the country!).                             .
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                            (c) 1987

     Using Zephyr is easy and fun. A lot of you probably don't 
know just how powerful and versatile the system really is. That's 
the subject of this issue - "How To Use Zephyr."
     It's a long issue. I urge you to open your capture buffer, 
or to download the issue and keep it for reference.


     The Zephyr was designed, written and executed by Thane 
Smith. Despite similarities you might see here and there, the 
program is NOT simply a revamping of an existing program. Some of 
the features you'll find are much the same as you'll find on 
another BBS, but that is because those features have shown 
themselves to be of value. 
     His goal was to create a BBS that is both powerful and easy 
to use. And he has managed to do just that. Actually, the system 
is easier to work than it is to explain.
     Throughout this help file certain terms and symbols are 
used for convention. 
     The Enter key or function is the same as a carriage return, 
abbreviated . This means simply that you press the return on 
your keyboard.
     The ^ is used to denote pressing the  key. Hold 
down the  key while pressing the command letter. For 
example, ^S (pauses the system) means that you press down and 
hold the  key, press the letter "S" and release both. It 
doesn't matter if you use upper case or lower case. ^S is the 
same as ^s as far as Zephyr is concerned.
     Quotation marks - such as "S" - are used in these 
instructions merely to offset and identify the letter. You do NOT 
type in those quotation marks to access the command!
     It's that simple!  is your return key; ^ is your control 
key; ignore the quotation marks in these instructions.

                     SOME GENERAL FUNCTIONS

     Many times you will see "< ^S to pause ^C to abort >" at the 
beginning of an option. It means just what it says.

^C  -  Abort; Stops the printout and brings you back to the 
        message counter or menu prompt (depending on where you 
        are when you use the function). 
       For example, if you are reading a message on the Public 
        Board that you're not interested in, ^C will stop that 
        message and bring you back to the message counter. A  
        will start the next message; a "Q" (for Quit) will abort 
        that subboard and take you to the subboard prompt.

^K  -  Same as ^C. (for two-handed typists or people with big 

^S  -  Pause; press any letter to start scrolling again.

     These basic commands work no matter where you are on Zephyr, 
even if the specific note doesn't appear. For example, if you're 
reading a long section from the Zephyr Magazine, you can pause 
temporarily to catch up by using ^S, and continue by pressing any 
other letter, then pause again (^S) whenever you need it.
     If someone has left a message that is silly or stupid, or 
you just don't feel like reading it, ^C or ^K will skip the rest 
of that message and take you to the prompt, either for the next 
message or back to where you were before.
     The ^S is a pause. Trying to read a long message, such as 
the section of the Zephyr Magazine, can be a hassle - especially 
if you've logged on at 1200 baud. By using ^S, the message will 
stop scrolling. To release the pause, press any other letter. (I 
use the space bar.)

     The letter "Q" is used to Quit. For example, if you're 
downloading this issue for future reference, after you completed 
the download you would enter a "Q" to take you out of the 
Upload/Download section and back to the subboard prompt.

     NOTE: As you'll see below, a "Q" from a subboard prompt will 
take you to the Questionaire. This isn't duplicity. When you're 
at a subboard prompt there's nothing to Quit! 

     In many places on the board you can reply to an existing 
message by using the letter "R." (Don't confuse this with "R" for 
read at that specific prompt in the Mail section.) You can then 
leave a message of your own, addressed to the person who left the 
original message. 
     If you reply in the Mail section, that reply will be private 
mail automatically. Anywhere else you have the option to leave 
the message as private mail, as a new message on the subboard, or 
to abort the reply function.

     The letter "S" also does double-duty. From an edit prompt 
(after leaving a message or letter) it will "S"ave that message. 
At the opening mail prompt it allows you to "S"end a letter.

     All of the Main and File functions are  "Hot Keyed" (you 
don't need a  after them). The same is often true of other 
functions elsewhere. 

                          THE MAIN MENU

     When you log on, one of two things will happen. 
     If you have mail waiting, you will automatically be taken to 
the mail section and asked if you wish to read it (and to respond 
to it, of course).
     If you don't have mail, you will be taken to whatever 
subboard you were on when you logged off last time.
     With the exceptions of Upload/Download and Mail, it doesn't 
matter where you are in Zephyr. The Main Menu is always 
available. It will display itself when you log on, or after 
you've read and responded to all your mail if you were taken 
there first. 
     The Main Menu looks like this:

         -=  Main Menu  =-

 A)REA CHANGE   T)ime/date
 B)ulletins     P)ost a message
 C)onfigure     R)ead a message
 F)eedback      S)can messages
 G)oodbye       Q)uestionaire
 H)elp          U)pload/Download
 L)og of calls  Y)ell at SysOp
 M)ail system   Z)ip-Read

[Public] Main: 

     Once again, it doesn't matter which subboard you're on. The 
Public board is used merely as an example. For any particular 
option, you merely enter the letter of your choice. For example, 
if you wish to leave a note to the sysop, you'd press "F" and the 
 or  (carriage return) key on your terminal.
     An explanation of each function available follows, given in 
alphabetical order. The first will be the most complex since it 
will show each of the steps and the results. To keep things from 
getting too boring (for you AND for me) the other listings won't 
be quite so detailed. The way you access the function is always 
the same.

                          A)REA CHANGE

     On Zephyr, each subboard is an "Area." The main (Public) 
board is Area 1. This magazine is Area 3. 
     To cause an area change, you enter the letter "A" as shown 
in the example below. 

[Public] Main: A

     This is what you'll get:

[Public] Main: Area Change

Board #1-6 (?=list) [1]:

     By entering a "?" you will get a list of the available 
subboards, the number of new messages on each since you were on 
last, and your access level on that subboard. In brackets will be 
the number of the subboard on which you were before taking the 
A)rea Change option.
     Note that the access level displayed will be either Read or 
Normal, but does not reveal your actual access level. Normal 
access allows you to read or post messages. A Read only access 
means that you have access to read messages on that subboard 
only. If you have no access at all to a particular subboard, it 
simply will not be listed.
     It will look something like this:

Available sub-boards are:

 #  New  Access  Description
 1  20   Normal  Public
 2  1    Normal  Conspiracies
 3  5    Normal  Zephyr Magazine
 4  8    Normal  Sore-ing Spirits
 5  3    Normal  CompuDobbs
 6  61   Read    Piece of Mind

Board #1-6 (?=list) [1]:

     Obviously, if you already know the subboard number, there is 
no need to go through the list. You would merely enter the number 
desired at the prompt.
     For example, if you were on the Public subboard and wished 
to change to the Zephyr Magazine subboard, you'd press "3" and 
the  key.
     Like this:

Board #1-6 (?=list) [1]:3

[Magazine] Main:


     This BBS supports the use of informational data files called 
Bulletins. These bulletins can be on any subject or topic and are 
updated on a regular basis. While it may not be necessary to 
check out the bulletins every time you call in, it's a good idea 
to check them once in a while just to see if anything new has 
gone up.
     Just to remind you, to access the Bulletins from, for 
example, the Public subboard:

[Public] Main:B

     What you'll see is:

[Public] Main:Bulletins

Bulletin #1-7. L) for list,  to quit:

     By entering an "L" you will get the list of available 
Bulletins. At the time of this writing that list is:

 -=  Bulletins  =-

1. - Local BBS list.
2. - System information.
3. - Rules of the BBS.
4. - Questionnaire results.
5. - How you can Help with the BBS.
6. - The Distribution of THIS SOFTWARE.
7. - Current and comming features of the Distribution version.

Bulletin #1-7. L) for list,  to quit:

     To read a particular Bulletin, simply enter the number. A 
 will take you back to the subboard you were on before you 
went to the Bulletins section.

                       C)ONFIGURE TERMINAL

[Public] Main: Configure Terminal

Current User Settings:
 L) Lines Per page: 23
 T) Terminal Width: 80
 M) Message Terminator: /ex
 F) File Protocol: Ascii
 P) Password: your password is displayed here
 Z) Zip-Read Settings
Select ( to quit): 

     This feature allows you to set and modify a number of user 
settings and parameters. You can change your password, the number 
of lines per page (per screen, actually), the message terminator 
(what you use to end a message) and your default Zip-read 

LINES PER PAGE - This will determine how many lines of text are 
     displayed before an automatic pause occurs and the [more] 
     prompt appears.  Hitting any key will erase the message and 
     continue with the next page.

TERMINAL WIDTH - This allows you to set the number of characters 
     per line that will display on your terminal screen.

MESSAGE TERMINATOR - Different systems have different ways of 
     terminating messages. Some use a blank line while others 
     use /EX or some other preset terminator. With Zephyr, you 
     can set it to whatever you feel most comfortable with.

FILE PROTOCOL - There are several methods for uploading or 
     downloading. This option allows you to choose Ascii (such as 
     for text files) or Xmodem (for other files). Your upload and 
     download protocol is then set. When you upload or download 
     you won't have to choose the protocol over and over. (You 
     can, of course, go back to the Configure function and change 
     the protocol at any time.)

PASSWORD - Your password is your secret code-word that you will 
     enter to gain access to the system each time you call. It      
     would be a good idea to change it periodically and to use a      
     different password on each BBS system that you call.

ZIP-READ SETTINGS - This BBS allows you to have the ability to 
     read all of the new messages on all of the subboards. Zephyr 
     keeps track of what you've read and what you haven't read. 
     Zip-read takes you through each and every new message until 
     you tell it to quit. This feature of the Configure function 
     allows you to select which of the subboards are accessed by 
     Zip-read, and which are not accessed automatically.
     For example, if you regularly read the Public, Zephyr and 
     Sore-ing Spirits subboards, but only occasionally read 
     Compu-Dobbs, you can configure your own Zip-read to go to 
     just the subboards you want and to skip those you don't.
     This is handy if you have a limited logon time and are 
     regular monitoring several subboards and then read new 
     messages on the other subboards, depending on how time you 
     have left.  
     Your configuration will consist of just turning on or off 
     (toggling) the message areas that you want to have included 
     in your Zip-read.


     There are two ways to leave a message to the Sysop (Thane). 
One is through the Mail. Easier is to use Feedback, which is like 
an automatically addresssed letter. The FeedBack function allows 
you to send mail to the System Operator in one simple operation.  
This message will be entered as mail and CAN ONLY BE READ BY THE 
SYSOP. (Don't use Feedback to contact the sysop of a subboard.)

     It is handy to have because it allows you to give your input 
on the things that you like about the BBS and give suggestions 
for improvements. Your FeedBack is always welcomed and 


     The Goodbye function is used to log off of the system in 
what is called a "graceful exit." Using this function will 
display any log-off message along with the date and the time you 
spent on line. Disconnect is automatic.
     Always use this to sign off the system. Don't just shut off 
your modem or computer.


     By entering "H" and then a "?" you will be taken to a 
slightly expanded Main Menu. This lists each option and what it 
does. Using the "H" alone brings you to the Help prompt.

Help Function ( to Quit):?

        -=  Main Menu help  =-

 A)rea change - Change to a different message base.
 B)ulletins - View the text bulletins on the BBS.
 C)onfigure - Modify terminal settings.
 F)eedback - Leave private mail to the SysOp.
 G)oodbye - Log off of the system.
 H)elp - Displays this message.
 M)ail - Private messages to and from other users.
 P)ost - Public message to all users of message base.
 Q)uestionaire - the most recent questionaire.
 R)ead - Read messages in a message base.
 S)can - Scan messages in partictular area.
 Y)ell - Chat with the system operator.
 Z)ip-Read - Read the new messages on all of the boards (configured)
  since your last call.

Help Function ( to Quit):

     At the Help prompt you can use the "?" to get the listed 
menu, or you access more specific help for any available option 
by entering the letter of your choice. 

     For example:

Help Function ( to Quit):P

     will give you more information on how to post messages.


     If you have mail, you will be taken to the mail section 
automatically when you log on to the system. If you don't have 
mail, or when you've finished with all the mail you have, you 
will be taken through the main menu and to the subboard you were 
on last.
     If you have mail, you will be prompted. This gives you a 
choice of reading the mail then or postponing it until later. For 
example, you might want to go through the posts on the various 
subboards first. Or you might have something important to do on 
the board before going to your mail.
     If you elect to skip the mail, it will remain in "storage" 
for you to read at your convenience and once again you'll be 
taken to the subboard where you were last.

     Mail on some systems is called "Personal" and on more than a 
few it's called "E-mail" (for electronic mail). On Zephyr it's 
simply called "Mail" - which is just what it is. This function 
allows you to leave private messages to other Zephyr users.
     To use the Mail section from elsewhere on the board, enter 
the letter "M" from any subboard prompt. A prompt will ask you if 
you wish to read, send or quit. Like this:

[R]ead, [S]end or [Q]uit mail:

     Enter the letter of your choice. If there is mail for you, 
each letter in turn will come up on your screen. This will go on 
until eventually you end up back at the prompt again. If you 
press "R" (for Read) when your mailbox is empty you'll get:

Your mailbox is empty.

     and you'll be taken back to the prompt. Your remaining 
choices are "S" to send a letter to someone on the board, or "Q" 
to quit the mail section and go back to the main board.

     Sending mail or replying to messages left for you, is the 
same as leaving a message anywhere on Zephyr. Once you've 
finished, you would enter your message terminator (see 
Configuration above). This will bring you to the Edit prompt. 

Edit (? for choices):

     There are options available. To see the list of options, 
enter a "?" at the prompt:

Edit (? for choices): ?

     and you'll get the list of options.

S)ave, L)ist, R)eplace, I)nsert
C)ontinue, D)elete, E)dit, A)bort
N)ew Subject

     You can now do any of several things by entering the letter 
of your choice.

S)ave - allows you to save that message.
L)ist - prints out the letter you just wrote so you can look at 
     it again.
R)eplace - 
I)nsert - 
C)ontinue - if you've entered the message terminator by mistake, 
     this option will take you back to where you were in the 
     message and continue.
D)elete - 
E)dit - allows you to make changes to the message.
A)bort - allows you to kill the message you just wrote.
N)ew Subject - allows you to change the subject line at the 
     beginning of the message.

     Assume that you've finished your letter and want to save it 
for that other user. All you have to do is to enter the letter 
"S" and the system will store the letter, addressed to that other 

Edit (? for choices):S
Saving message...

     The message will now be saved and you'll be taken back to 
the main Mail prompt.

     Much or most of the time you'll wish to reply to the mail 
sent to you. At the prompt after reading, press "R":


Kill it now?Y

     The "Y" (to kill the message) will be your usual choice. 
This keeps the section clean and clear, and prevents you from 
having to read that same message again and again.
     You can also elect to leave the note to you intact.
     Either way you'll be taken into your reply, showing the name 
of the person you're sending it to, the title of the other 
message - at which point you can either keep that title or change 
it - and then to the first line of your own message.

     For even faster posting, while in the message editor, a "/s" 
on a blank line will save the file without dropping to the edit 
prompt.  A "/a" will abort the message from within the editor.

     You might also want to mention the internal editor functions. 
          ^A - Word left
          ^F - Word right
          ^R - Repeat last line
          ^X - Erase line
          ^I - Tab

     All these function also work in P)osting a message. (Posting 
a message or leaving a piece of personal mail to someone both put 
you in the message editor.)


     Posting a message on a subboard is very much like leaving 
Mail. From any subboard main prompt, enter a "P" (for Post) and 
you'll be able to type in a message of whatever length your 
access allows. You can end the lines with a carriage return, or 
you can let the automatic word wrap do that job for you. 
     When you're finished typing, put in your message terminator 
and you'll be given the Edit prompt.

Edit (? for choices):

     As explained in M)ail above you have the following choices 
(the list can be displayed by entering a "?" at the prompt):

S)ave, L)ist, R)eplace, I)nsert
C)ontinue, D)elete, E)dit, A)bort
N)ew Subject


3> Read 1-12+[10]:

     This prompt tells you where you are (subboard #3 - the 
magazine board), that there are 12 messages in all on the board, 
and that you just finished reading message 10 - two more to go. 

     To continue reading, simply press the return ()
     To quit reading enter the letter "Q"
     To re-read the last message enter a "/" 

     You can also elect to go through all the messages 
automatically, without having to press the return key for each 
next message. To do this, at the prompt enter "NS" (for nonstop). 
You can quit this feature at any time by using ^C, at which point 
you'll be given the choice to abort the nonstop mode or to 
continue reading.

     If you wish, Zephyr can also perform a forward or backward 
reading of the messages. The direction is toggled by entering 
either a "+" or a "-" from the read prompt. All successive reads 
will be in the direction indicated by the read prompt (+ or -).


     There might be times when you just want to take a look at 
the message headings and who wrote the messages. (This is a good 
way to save time and read only the messages that interest you.)
     To activate the function, enter the letter "S" from any 
subboard main prompt

[Conspiracies] Main:S

     As always, the screen will display what is going on, and 
then take you to the command prompt: 

[Conspiracies] Main:Scan

Starting at # 1-63 [61]:

     This tells you that there are 63 messages on that board, and 
that you've already read through message 61. To scan, just tell 
the system where to begin:

Starting at # 1-63 [61]:61

#61 Feb 28, 87  1:31am
From: BOB E.shtmlAN
Subject: question

2> Scan 1-63+[61]: / to read 

     The system will pause after each message. This allows you to 
read that message (by entering the "/") or to continue scanning 
(by using ):

2> Scan 1-63+[61]: / to read 

#62 Mar 1, 87  7:14pm
To: BOB E.shtmlAN
Subject: question

     When you're ready to quit the scan, just enter a "Q" at the 
prompt (instead of the "/" or ""):

2> Scan 1-63+[62]: / to read Q

     and you'll be taken back to the main subboard prompt:

[Conspiracies] Main:


     The terms upload and download aren't completely accurate, 
but remain in common use. To upload is to send something from 
your computer to another; to download is the opposite, with your 
computer doing the receiving. Exactly how you upload depends on 
the program you are using. Obviously, you have to know how to 
work the upload and download on your computer before you can make 
of this feature on Zephyr.
     Note that the mode of sending or receiving a file (ASCII, 
Xmodem, etc.) is automatic and is set through the Configure 
System function from the main menu. (See above.) If you need to 
use a different mode of file transfer, go to Configure and change 
the selected mode. After you're done with the transfer you can go 
back and change the mode again. (Thane put this in because most 
people use just one mode at all times. Rather than having to 
select a transfer mode each time the user wants to transfer a 
file, you need do it only once.)

     To access the feature on Zephyr, enter a "U" (for upload/ 
download) from any main prompt. You'll be given a new submenu:
[Conspiracies] Main:U

    -= File Menu =-

A)REA CHANGE    U)pload file
D)ownload file  G)oodbye
L)ist files     Q)uit to main.

A)rea Change:  Allows you to move from one upload/download area 
     to another.
D)ownload file:  Allows you to download (capture) a file. To do 
     so you need to know the exact file name and extension, which 
     you can get from "L" command if you don't already know it.
L)ist files:  This generates a list of the files available in the 
     paticular area. To get the list you must first move to 
     (through the "A" command) to the area you want.
U)pload file:  Like download except that now you are sending a 
     file to Zephyr instead of taking one. After the upload is 
     complete, you'll be asked for a name of the file and a brief 
G)oodbye:  If you've already finished everything else you want to 
     do on Zephyr, and have just downloaded (for example) the 
     latest issue of Zephyr Magazine, there's no need to go back 
     to the main menu to log off. You can log off right from the 
     upload/download section.

     These same features work on each of the upload/download 
areas. To change areas, or get a list of the available areas, use 
the "A" command:

[Zephyr Magazine] File:A

Board #1-4 (?=list) [1]:?

     the "?" as shown will give you the list of areas:

Available FILE areas are:

1 Zephyr Magazine
2 Text Files
3 Turbo
4 Pogo's Gallerie

Board #1-4 (?=list) [1]:

     From this you can see that there are 4 upload/download areas 
available for you; that a "?" will list them again; and that you 
are presently in upload/download area #1 - the magazine file.

     As always, a "Q" will quit the area and take you back to the 
subboard you were on before going to upload/download.

                         Y)ELL AT SYSOP

     Most of the time it is much more efficient to leave Feedback 
(above) for the Sysop. He'll reply to your note - if a reply is 
needed - when he gets the time.
     However, the occasion might come up when you need to talk to 
the Sysop right then and there. The "Y" will signal Thane that 
the person using the board wants to talk to him. If he's around, 
he'll break in. Meanwhile, you can conduct your business on the 
     Pressing "Y" a second time, or logging off, will cancel the 
paging function.     

                            Z)IP READ

     Zephyr keeps a running record of what you've done on the 
board. One of the things it keeps track of is which messages 
you've read, and which ones you haven't. You don't have to keep a 
note pad to remind you which was the last message number on each 
of the subboards you use.
     From any main menu press "Z" and the system will take over. 
All the new messages will be displayed in turn, with changes 
between each of the subboards automatic. All you have to do is 
sit back and press the return for each message.
     Or, and especially if you're capturing the activity to disk, 
you can use the "NS" (nonstop) command. Zephyr will take care of 
the rest. A steady stream of new messages to the end of that 
subboard will come through without you doing anything. You are 
then taken to the next subboard where you have the option to "NS" 
     A ^C will abort the function (with a prompt, just in case). 
Another "Z" will activate it again.
     For example, if you are zipping through the new messages and 
decide that you want to leave a post on the Public board. You can 
let Zephyr take you all the way through and come back later to 
the Public board, or you can abort Zip read, leave your message, 
and activate it again.
     If there are no new messages, you'll be given a line that 
tells you this.


     As with any perfectionist, Thane is always trying to think 
of new ways to make Zephyr better and more powerful. Now and then 
you might find that a new feature has been added, or that an old 
one has been changed.
     Opening messages will be given explaining the new or changed 
function. If many changes have been made, I'll do another issue 
like this one. Meanwhile, I urge and encourage you to download 
this particular issue and keep it on hand for reference.
     You can also access basic information on any function by 
using the H)elp function (see above).

     When it comes to questions you might have:

     1)  Try the function for yourself. Almost always they are 
easier to operate than they are to explain. Everything on Zephyr 
is so easy to work that even the most "confusing" will become 
readily apparent after you've used it once.
     2)  Although I'll be glad to do what I can to help you, the 
lord and master of the system is still our Sysop, Thane. You can 
use the F)eedback function to contact him with your question. But 
whether you contact Thane or myself, read and apply 1) first!

Until Next Time

     Whew! That WAS a long one. If you didn't heed the advice in 
the opening post and didn't have your capture on, you can still 
go to the download section and capture the file ISH.39.

     Next time I'm hoping to have a story from Paul Wylie to put 
up for your entertainment and edification. Meanwhile, I have to 
get a deadline of my own out of the way - in a big hurry.

Zephyr Magazine is © Gene Williams. All rights reserved.